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OPS Announces New Hires for 2018 - 2019
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Oxford Preparatory School is moving forward with expansion plans for next year. We are pleased to announce the addition of the following new faculty/staff.  We are continuing to recruit and hire additional positions.  Please recommend and encourage any potential applicants to apply now.  OPS Employment Page


April Abbott - Science Teacher

April Abbott has 11 years of teaching experience in Vance County. April obtained her Bachelors degree though The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2007 followed by her Masters Degree in 2017. April fully supports the schools vision and believes that college readiness is vital in today’s society.  She was a scholarship athlete in volleyball where she played collegiatly for 4 years at UNCP. After college graduation, she was head coach in several Vance County Schools for 6 years- including middle school and high school varsity and junior varsity teams. She joins OPS as a seventh grade science and Earth/Environmental Science teacher as well as Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball coach. 


Mona Addington - Office Assistant

Mona grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. She has lived in Henderson the last 22 years, where for nine years she worked as Youth Director at her church. For five years she volunteered at Vance Charter School and E.M. Rollins Elementary School, and was employed at E.M. Rollins as Teaching Assistant and Math and Reading tutor. 

The last ten years she has worked as a Legal Assistant in the Corporate Headquarters of Roses Stores. She was ready for a change and is excited to be at Oxford Preparatory School to serve the students, faculty and staff. When she is not at work, Mona likes to spend time with family and friends, loves to be in nature, hearing live music, traveling to the beach and mountains, or just sitting and enjoying life on the porch. She also volunteers with Church World Service assisting and developing relationships with newly arrived refugees.


Christopher Allen - Math/Science Teacher

Christopher Allen graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2018 with a B.S. in physics. He has a wide range of experience working with students of all ages and is specifically focused on STEM outreach to the community. Christopher is also very passionate about the growing technological world and not only how teachers can apply technology to their lessons, but how students can learn to use the technology themselves. Christopher is very excited to be joining Oxford Preparatory High School this Fall, as he will be given the chance to do what he loves: teaching math. When not at school, you can probably find him working on other projects or playing video games.


Dustin Britt - Theatre Arts Teacher

Dustin Britt, a North Carolina native, is ecstatic to be welcomed into the Oxford Prep family. Dustin has taught for eight years at public, private, and charter schools across central North Carolina. He holds an M.A.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from East Carolina University and a B.S. in Deaf Education, with a minor in Anthropology, from UNC Greensboro.

Certified as an English and Social Studies teacher, Dustin enjoys examining the dramatic arts through a historical lens. He is particularly interested in Shakespeare, site-specific theatre, stage combat, and musical theatre. He has worked as a theatre professional for more than 20 years, including jobs as an award-winning actor and stage manager, playwright, marketer, set and lighting designer, vocalist, stage fighter, dancer, pianist, instructor, and published performing arts critic.

If he is not at school, he is probably at rehearsal. On the rare occasion that he cannot be found at either of those places, he is likely playing video games with his cat nearby.


Karen Brown - Office Manager

Karen Brown lives in Oxford NC with her husband of 37 years, her two daughters and 2 teacup Yorkies.  She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid quilter as time allows. She is also an enthusiastic volleyball fan.

Karen comes to us from Granville County Schools where she was the Bookkeeper at Mary Potter Middle School.  She has an AAS-Accounting from Mitchell Community College and has worked in accounting/office management since 1979.  She was the Office Manager at Oxford United Methodist Church for 10 years before moving to Granville County Schools.

Karen is happy to be joining the staff at Oxford Prep.  Her youngest daughter, Olivia, is a recent 2018 graduate of OPS.  She is especially excited to be extending her association with OPS; a school she has supported since its inception.


Alexa Cook - EC Teacher

Alexa Cook will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, General Curriculum, in May 2018 from Appalachian State University. Alexa is excited to begin her teaching career at OPS in the Fall of 2018. She has experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities and is looking forward to joining the preparatory school community. Alexa has a passion for service, children, community, and learning. When she isn't teaching, you can find Alexa running or snuggled up with a book and a cup of coffee. 


Lynne Corbett - 6th Grade Social Studies & Science Teacher

Lynne Corbett joins Oxford Preparatory Schools as a 6th Grade teacher but is no stranger to the OPS family. Lynne’s oldest son Jason attended OPS for two years (currently at NCSSM) and her younger son Adam is a current freshman. She is a passionate supporter of the school’s vision and is excited to be a part of the new OPS Lower School. Lynne has 9 years’ experience teaching K-6 in Granville and Vance Counties.  Prior to obtaining her teaching certification through East Carolina University, Lynne was a Vice President for Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. She received a BA of Psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. 
Cynthia Grissom-Young - Spanish Teacher
Having been an educator for twenty five years, Cynthia Grissom-Young is delighted to join the faculty of Oxford Preparatory as a Spanish teacher.  Mrs. Grissom-Young graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Spanish and obtained a teaching certificate, k-12 Spanish, from North Carolina Central University. Her teaching experience includes elementary Spanish at Mary Potter Intermediate School and Spanish I, II, III, and IV at JF Webb High School and Kerr-Vance Academy. She enjoys inspiring students to learn through fun engagement in rigorous work.
In addition to experience as a Spanish teacher, Mrs. Grissom-Young has worked in the NC community college system as a Dean of Arts and Sciences and as a Human Services instructor. She also served as a k-12 school counselor. Mrs. Grissom-Young has a Master’s in Education and a Education Specialist Certificate in Counseling from Seton Hall University. She looks forward to working with Oxford Prep students, including her son, Samuel, who is a rising freshman.In her free time, she enjoys working on her hobby farm, taking care of the animals and growing vegetables and flowers. She also enjoys reading and a very good cup of coffee.  
Christina Kostopoulos- School Counselor
Christina is originally from Long Island, NY. She holds her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Hunter College and her Bachelors of Science in English Education from New York University. In New York, she has worked as both a school counselor and a teacher for various grade levels. Christina is passionate for spreading awareness of the importance of mental health and is excited to join the Oxford team as an additional school counselor. When she is not working, Christina is taking a yoga class or writing poetry, her other two passions.  

Tammy Pulliam - 6th Grade Math Teacher

Tammy Pulliam is a graduate of Meredith College and has been teaching for almost 17 years.  She has a passion for math and it is her favorite subject to teach.  When she is not teaching math, you can find her spending time with her daughter, husband, and their dog, Snowball!   
Mary Soriano - Spanish Teacher
Mary F. Soriano has taught for 30 years, first two years at Elementary School, twenty four years at Middle School and High School in an international school, Colegio Bolivar (accredited by AdvancEd) located in Cali, Colombia, as Social Studies in Spanish teacher, Destination Imagination team leader (two years) and D.I school wide coordinator (2012-2013), 6th grade team leader, 6th grade field-trip coordinator and Environmental Committee chair. Last four years, Mrs. Soriano has taught at STEM Early High School, Vance County, as Spanish teacher, STEM Career Club chair (partnership with NCSU), International Club facilitator, Elective Department chair, 8th grade team leader and teacher mentor.  She was selected as STEM Teacher of the Year 2017-2018.

Mary obtained her Bachelors degree in Modern Languages at University of Valley and her Masters Degree in Education, with a major in Curriculum and Evaluation at Pontifical Xavier University. She was honored with the Carl-Bowyer Scholarship 2007. Certified as a Spanish, ESL and French teacher, Mrs. Soriano believes in education as the bridge to succeed through experiential learning process. She is also very passionate about how students learn through long term skills and respect differences by becoming World citizens. 

Mary likes to play volleyball, read, dance and travel with family. She is a certified Zumba instructor.
Clarence White - EC Teacher
Clarence White was introduced to Oxford Preparatory School while teaching driver’s education courses. During that time, he took notice that the students demonstrated that they were driven to learn.Clarence graduated from Warren County High School and North Carolina Agricultural State University, earning a degree in Agricultural Education. He also received certifications in special education, career exploration, vocational education, and driver education.Clarence is honored to continue working with the entire Oxford Preparatory School family.     


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